Solarban® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass clads four 2022 top 10 green buildings
AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) honors three renovated buildings with additions and one new build featuring high-performance solar control low-e glass by Vitro Architectural Glass
PITTSBURGH, PA – August 9, 2022 – Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) is proud to announce that four of the 10 buildings selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE®) as the top green building projects of 2022 were glazed with Solarban® solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses. The award-winning projects include:
- 633 S. Cooper Street; Memphis – Demonstrating the viability of converting existing building stock into a carbon-neutral building, 633 S. Cooper Street is an amazing adaptive reuse success. Challenged to upgrade a 1957 shell into a high-performing enclosure, Archimania carefully selected Solarban® 90 glass in a thermally broken storefront system for its high level of solar control performance and neutral aesthetics. In a one-inch insulating glass unit (IGU), Solarban® 90 glass delivers visible light transmittance (VLT) of 51% and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23. Even though the window-to-wall ratio is a mere 18%, the floorplate design manages to deliver daylight and views to 100% of the building’s work and collaboration spaces. In upcycling the mid-century building’s original steel structure, masonry and terrazzo floors, a 67% reduction in embodied carbon helped the project achieve net-zero energy, net-zero carbon performance.
Boston Public Library/Roxbury Branch; Photography by Anton Grassl Photography
Lick-Wilmerding High School; Photography by Michael David Rose Photography
Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters; Photography by Jeremy Bittermann / JBSA
For more information about the full range of sustainable architectural glass products available from Vitro Architectural Glass, please visit www.vitroglazings.com or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457). Information on satisfying LEED® and other green building objectives with Vitro Glass products is available at www.vitroglazings.com/leed.
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About Vitro Architectural Glass
Vitro Architectural Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV:VITROA), the largest company of its kind in the Americas, manufactures a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses at U.S. plants in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Fresno, California; Salem, Oregon; and Wichita Falls, Texas. Committed to sustainable manufacturing processes and products, the company also operates one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh and four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada. Upholding the values of “Together, We See Further” across the architectural, automotive and containers markets, Vitro strives to realize the power of partnership to ensure that projects meet or exceed ever-evolving sustainability expectations as well as glass requirements. For more information, please visit www.VitroGlass.com.